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CARTER OFFERS $65M TO BUILD NEW ARENA IN DALLAS

     Mavericks Owner Donald Carter has offered to pay $65M, half
of the construction cost, to replace Reunion Arena.  This comes
after a letter from Carter's attorney to the city saying the team
will leave Dallas because the city has "defaulted on its lease."
Carter stood by the letter, saying it wasn't a scare tactic and
maintained that he wants to stay in Dallas.  Still, Carter feels
the city has failed to hold the Stars hockey team to certain
commitments, "including the promise to sign a long term lease"
(Martinez & Gesalman, DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 12/9).  A MORNING NEWS
editorial supports a new facility, stating that the latest "spat"
shouldn't jeopardize one of the most important decisions the
council will make (MORNING NEWS, 12/9). Meanwhile, officials in
Lewisville, TX, released a site plan they say is "far more
detailed than anything compiled" by Dallas (Thurman/North, DALLAS
MORNING NEWS, 12/9).
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